He was 33.
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon joined Ayrton Senna and Dale Earnhardt in the unfortunate confederacy of world-class racing drivers killed in the line of duty on Sunday, when his car was involved in a 15-car crash in the 12th lap of a race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Now if we only knew how it turns.
Every now and again, a car comes along and shakes up the racing world: the Chaparral 2J, the Williams FW14B, the Audi R10 TDI. We'll have to wait until next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans to see if we can add the Highcroft Racing Project 56 DeltaWing to that list, but we wouldn't be surprised if it earns a place alongside those trailblazers.
Okay, some driver named Dan Wheldon helped out too.
Pop quiz time. What do IndyCar racing, The Social Network
and 'N Sync have in common? The same thing Britney Spears, Jessica Biel and Olivia Munn do—Justin Timberlake's been in all of them.
Not that he's bitter about being left out or anything.
Adam Carolla has worn his fair share of hats over the years—comedian, radio talk show host, voice of a hilariously tasteless animated pig
—but to car guys, he'll always be one of the hosts of the stillborn Top Gear USA
commissioned but never aired by NBC.